Multiple people will face charges after an attempt to introduce contraband into the Columbia County Detention Facility.
On Tuesday, July 18, 2023, staff noticed what appeared to be something suspicious about an item which had been left for an inmate. Upon further examination of the item, which was a tube of Poligrip, it was discovered that there were twenty (20) Suboxone pills which had been concealed within the tube. Suboxone is a controlled substance, requiring a prescription to possess. Like other controlled substances, it may have adverse effects if not taken as prescribed.
Arthur Burns (58) of Fort White and Kristine Stephens (46) of Fort White were arrested and charged in connection with the incident.
“We take the responsibility of keeping those who are in our care and custody safe very seriously,” said Sheriff Mark Hunter. “I want to commend our staff at the detention facility for their vigilance, and our detectives who worked quickly to hold the individuals involved accountable for their actions. We will not tolerate any activity which could jeopardize the safety and security of the detention facility.”
Charges are pending on a third suspect for their role in the incident also.
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